The Dangers of Progressive Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive condition affecting the soft and hard tissue of the mouth. Plaque and tartar buildup causes bacteria to accumulate, leading to destruction of the gums and jaw bone. Untreated gum disease is also linked to systemic health conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular issues. Today, treatment for this disease exists that can successfully eradicate bacteria and restore health to the gums through both surgical and non-surgical methods, depending on the case. If you have been experiencing symptoms of the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis), such as bleeding and inflamed gums, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Dan Myers at our dental offices in Alpharetta, GA or Sandy Springs, GA. Timely dental treatment is the only way to halt this condition before it leads to tooth loss!
Effective, Restorative Gum Disease Treatment
The most advanced stage of gum disease, called advanced periodontitis, cannot be cured and can only be kept in check with frequent periodontal maintenance visits every three months. No matter which stage of gum disease you are in, we have the expertise and skills necessary to properly diagnose your condition and provide effective and restorative care. We recommend preventive dental visits to catch symptoms before the condition worsens.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, tender gums
- Red, bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession
- Presence of pus
- Deepening pockets around teeth
- Loosening teeth
Experienced, Comprehensive, Patient-Centered
Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, routine dental care with an experienced dentist like Dr. Dan Myers is the best way to ensure even subtle signs of gum disease are not present. If you do have gum disease, we are experienced in diagnosing and comprehensively treating your condition that best fits with your needs. Whether you prefer traditional methods or are interested in modern laser dentistry to treat your gum disease, Dr. Myers will educate you on your options and the details of each procedure. This patient-centered approach allows you to be fully informed about your situation and can make an educated decision about the care you wish to receive.
Gum Disease Treatment Options In Alpharetta, GA & Sandy Springs, GA
Scaling and Root Planing
Mild to moderate stages of gum disease may only require non-surgical scaling and root planing, or a “deep cleaning” of the teeth. Scaling removes all plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the tooth above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the tooth surface to encourage a healthy reattachment of the gum tissue.
Osseous (Flap) Surgery
More advanced stages of gum disease may need more complex surgical treatment called osseous surgery. Also known as periodontal flap surgery, this approach folds back an area of gum tissue to access the plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line. Infected gum tissue will be surgically removed. In certain cases, recontouring the jaw bone creates a healthy environment for gum reattachment.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Less invasive than its osseous surgery counterpart laser dentistry, or laser periodontal therapy, uses highly targeted beams of laser light to eradicate diseased tissue and bacteria, without harming healthy gum tissue. Once the area has been cleared, the laser is used to form healthy blood clots that encourage rapid healing and regeneration of the soft tissue.
Gum disease that has been treated will require routine periodontal maintenance to ensure that the condition does not progress or come back. More frequent than normal dental appointments-occurring every three to four months-this maintenance is more comprehensive and designed to target specific areas that are at a higher risk of disease.